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Stuart Klawans

Film Critic

Winner of the National Magazine Award for his film reviews for The Nation, Stuart Klawans is author of the books Film Follies: The Cinema Out of Order (a finalist for the 1999 National Book Critics Circle Awards) and Left in the Dark: Film Reviews and Essays, 1988-2001. When not on deadline for The Nation, he contributes articles to The New York Times, Parnassus: Poetry in Review and other publications.

  • Film November 26, 2003

    Second Comings

    To the fleet of symbolic vehicles currently cruising the screen--their number includes the "Pussy Wagon" that Uma Thurman (in Kill Bill) coldly claims as her own--we may now add Benicio De

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  • Film November 6, 2003

    A Documentary Coup

    The lights go down in the courtroom, a 16-millimeter projector shoots out its beam, and into the trial blazes evidence of an unprecedented nature: not a report of criminal events but the crime

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  • Film October 23, 2003

    The Avengers

    Ghosts are notorious for getting stuck in time. Having lost track of the ongoing world, they will revisit certain hours as obsessively as they haunt a fatal spot.

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  • Film October 9, 2003

    Love Streams

    Clint Eastwood's Mystic River, which opened this year's New York Film Festival on a somber but resonant note, is perhaps the finest western ever to be set in South Boston.

    Stuart Klawans

  • Film September 25, 2003

    French Connections

    The setting is a one-room schoolhouse, which is momentarily unoccupied except for a pair of turtles.

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  • Film September 11, 2003

    Tokyo Story

    A Love Affair for the postcollege, flirting-with-Buddhism set, Sofia Coppola's Lost in Translation is a travelogue of the emotions, concerned with the deepening relationship betwe

    Stuart Klawans

  • Film August 28, 2003

    Bull’s Eye

    This was the summer when the movies were so bad, people were reduced to complaining about a Mel Gibson film they hadn't seen.

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  • Film August 14, 2003

    Urban Legend

    Here's our man, starring in a movie about himself.

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  • Film July 31, 2003

    The Age of Innocence

    If you've seen Pleasantville--the story of teenagers who are magically transported from 1990s reality into 1950s television--you know that its writer-director, Gary Ross, has a sly respe

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  • Film July 17, 2003


    It's always good fun to see a boy wax romantic over the first girl to give him a handjob--and if the boy should be a black-hatted Jew, the fun is only improved.

    Stuart Klawans